National Geographic : 1954 Nov
© National Geographic Society 682 + Toiling Men Beach Their Boat Through White Surf. Their Fishery Is Ancient Since dawn these Mira fishermen have labored at the trade their fathers and grandfathers plied. For their labor they take two-thirds of the catch (after the State has deducted its 12% tax), dividing it among the 80 men, half shore-based, in their company. The boat's owner gets the rest. No sails aid the fishermen who pull the giant sweeps hewn from pine logs. At ropes' end 22 oxen help drag this heavy craft out of the Atlantic surf.